Precinct Committee Person (PCP)

How to Become a PCP*

During election years you need to get on the Primary Ballot and be elected a PCP by a minimum of 3 votes. During non-election years, and after the Primary, you can be appointed a PCP during our Central Committee Meetings.

  1. To get on the biannual (even-numbered years) May Primary Ballot, download, print and fill out an application, and then deliver it to the Elections Office.
  2. To be appointed, print and fill out this application, then bring it to our Central Committee meeting, or
  3. Fill out an application at our Headquarters located at 140 NE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124, then attend the next Central Committee meeting, or
  4. Fill out an application during our monthly Central Committee Meeting, held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except Dec) beginning at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30pm for social time. Check website for location.
NOTES:
1) To be appointed, applicants MUST be present at the Central Committee Meeting where the WCDCC votes to appoint PCPs. 
2) Applicants who choose to submit their forms to the Elections Office will need to bring a copy of it to the Central Committee Meeting.
3) As general practice, PCP appointments are the last agenda item before adjourning the meeting, and applicants MUST be present to be appointed.
 
 
*What is a PCP?
A Precinct Committee Person (PCP) is a representative of the Party in the precinct, or adjacent one, in which he or she resides (a precinct is the smallest political unit in the country; it cannot be divided by legislative, congressional or supervisor district). Oregon’s election law authorizes one or more male and one or more female PCP for each major political party for each precinct depending on its size. For every 500 registered voters in a precinct, there should be one PCP of each gender.

The Democratic Party begins with the Precinct Committee Person. Each PCP is a voting member of the Central Committee of the county party. The Central Committee in each county is authorized to make all decisions relating to the Democratic Party for their county.

Party members may file for election as PCPs in May Primary Elections or may be write-in candidates. Vacancies may be filled by appointment between elections at Central Committee Meetings.

Precinct Committee Person opportunities:

  1.     County Party voting delegate (at the Central Committee monthly meetings)
  2.     Nominate candidates for Democratic vacancies in state legislature or county commission.
  3.     Participate in County and State Platform Conventions
  4.     Elect County Central Committee Officers (Elected PCPs only)
  5.     Elect delegates to the State Central Committee
  6.     Elect delegates to the Democratic National Presidential Convention
  7.     Voter contact

Other important things PCPs can do…

  1.     Identify people to lobby elected officials
  2.     Identify high school students’ 18th birthdays
  3.     Recruit volunteers
  4.     Solicit small donations
  5.     Provide tax credit information
  6.     Get voters’ phone numbers and email addresses
  7.     Act as a resource whom voters in your precinct can contact for assistance.

At important times, each PCP should contact the voters in their assigned precinct, by phone or door to door. They should establish a personal relationship with the voters in their precinct, and provide these voters with information on the Democratic Party and its candidates, and provide the party and candidates with feedback from the voters.

PCPs are the true grass-roots power of the Democratic Party. A PCP visit is often the most influential contact many voters will have during an election, making it an invaluable opportunity to win a Democratic vote.